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PAVE Essay Contest and Scholarship Program

Thank you to all those who submitted entries!

The 2022-2023 contest is now closed.


Partners for Automated Vehicle Education is excited to partner with companies, schools, and other organizations in Albuquerque, Southeast Ohio and Washington, D.C., for an essay contest and scholarship program for high school juniors and seniors.

What is the PAVE Essay Contest?

The first annual PAVE Essay Contest and Scholarship Program encourages high school juniors and seniors to imagine a world with autonomous vehicles and write about what this new technology would mean for their communities. Students need to submit their final essays (1,000 words or fewer) by 11:59 p.m. local time on January 31, 2023.

Who can enter?

The contests are open to high school juniors and seniors who live within the geographic boundaries of the three contest locations.

Where are the contests?

The 2022-2023 contests are Albuquerque, New Mexico; Athens County and Vinton County in Southeast Ohio; and Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

What do I write about?

Each regional contest has three essay prompts that students may choose between.  Students can select the topic that is of interest to them, and submit their essay (1,000 words or fewer) by the January 31, 2023 deadline.  The essay prompts for each regional contest are listed in the entry form (links below).

How are the winners selected?

A selection committee, made up of AV industry experts, will score the essays using this scoring rubric.

How do I enter?

To enter, complete your regional entry form, including the text of  your essay (1,000 words or fewer) by 11:59 p.m. in the local time zone on January 31, 2023. If you are unable to access the Google form, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll send you a pdf copy of the submission form.




What do the winners receive?

In each geographic contest, the first, second and third place winners will receive college scholarship funding, as follows: First place – $2500, Second place – $1500, Third place – $1000.

What are the rules?

You can read all of the rules and guidelines for the contest here.

Who are the contest sponsors?

We are incredibly grateful for our generous contest sponsors in each location, who are providing the scholarship funding, assisting with contest planning, and serving on the evaluation committees. The Albuquerque contest is sponsored by Torc; the Southeast Ohio contest is sponsored by Transportation Research Center, Inc., and DriveOhio; and the Washington, D.C., contest is sponsored by STEER Tech.